Pietro Pomponazzi: Tradizione e dissenso

Pietro Pomponazzi: Tradizione e dissenso 358 Book Reviews / Early Science and Medicine 16 (2011) 352-378 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157338211X585894 Marco Sgarbi (ed.), Pietro Pomponazzi: Tradizione e dissenso (Florence: Olschki, 2010), pp. 508 (paper), €52.00, ISBN 978 88 222 5955 4. is volume contains a collection of well-researched and insightful essays that expand and deepen our understanding of Pietro Pomponazzi’s philosophical writings and their legacy. Pomponazzi’s career was marked by polemics particularly in the later years of his life, when controversies arose over his view that according to Aristotelian principles the human soul is probably mortal and over his investigation into potential natural causes for seemingly miraculous events. Since those years, interpretations of Pompon- azzi have diverged, seeing him alternatively as a starting point of atheism, the source of the beginnings of modern science, or a slavish Aristotelian. is volume’s strength lies in its unveiling of a more nuanced picture of Pomponazzi, presenting him not just as a controversial figure but as both an interlocutor with the medieval philosophical tradition and a dissenter from that tradition. e volume is divided into three sections. e first examines Pomponazzi’s relation to several medieval and Renaissance philosophers. ese essays break with earlier http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early Science and Medicine Brill

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BRILL
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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1383-7427
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1573-3823
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10.1163/157338211X585894
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358 Book Reviews / Early Science and Medicine 16 (2011) 352-378 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157338211X585894 Marco Sgarbi (ed.), Pietro Pomponazzi: Tradizione e dissenso (Florence: Olschki, 2010), pp. 508 (paper), €52.00, ISBN 978 88 222 5955 4. is volume contains a collection of well-researched and insightful essays that expand and deepen our understanding of Pietro Pomponazzi’s philosophical writings and their legacy. Pomponazzi’s career was marked by polemics particularly in the later years of his life, when controversies arose over his view that according to Aristotelian principles the human soul is probably mortal and over his investigation into potential natural causes for seemingly miraculous events. Since those years, interpretations of Pompon- azzi have diverged, seeing him alternatively as a starting point of atheism, the source of the beginnings of modern science, or a slavish Aristotelian. is volume’s strength lies in its unveiling of a more nuanced picture of Pomponazzi, presenting him not just as a controversial figure but as both an interlocutor with the medieval philosophical tradition and a dissenter from that tradition. e volume is divided into three sections. e first examines Pomponazzi’s relation to several medieval and Renaissance philosophers. ese essays break with earlier

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

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